|Publication number||US6932331 B1|
|Application number||US 10/782,251|
|Publication date||Aug 23, 2005|
|Filing date||Feb 18, 2004|
|Priority date||Feb 18, 2004|
|Also published as||US20050179145|
|Publication number||10782251, 782251, US 6932331 B1, US 6932331B1, US-B1-6932331, US6932331 B1, US6932331B1|
|Original Assignee||Eagle Fan|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (3), Classifications (16), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to a device for holding an electronic appliance and an air refresher is connected to the device.
An air refresher is used so as to provide better smell in the car and generally the air refresher is randomly fixed on the dashboard by adhesive tape. The adhesive tape cannot well position the air refresher that is a container with liquid received therein. Besides, the tape leaves dirty residue on the dashboard, which is difficult to remove. In addition, many drivers use a holding device for holding a cellular phone and the holding device is clamped to the dashboard of the car so that there is no place for the air refresher. Unfortunately, the conventional holding device does not include a feature to accommodate the air refresher.
Therefore, it is desired to have a holding device that holds an electronic appliance such as a cellular phone and an air refresher is connected to the holding device.
In accordance with an aspect of the present invention, there is provided an air refresher holding device, which comprises an air refresher engaged with a lower end of the holding device that is composed of a base and a cover. A sliding mechanism comprises a gear and a sleeve that has teeth matched with the gear so that the sleeve is moved by rotating the gear. A first clamping plate movably inserted in a side of the device has a rack portion on a side thereof and a pawl member is disengageably engaged with the rack portion so as to hold the first clamping plate in position. A plurality of first holes is defined through the base and the cover. A path is located in the base and the sliding mechanism is received in the path and extended to a position where the holes are defined. A second clamping plate is connected to the other side of the device so that an electronic appliance is clamped between the two clamping plates.
The present invention will become more obvious from the following description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, which show, for purposes of illustration only, a preferred embodiment in accordance with the present invention.
Referring to the drawings and in particular
The air refresher 1 includes two ridges 13 on two sides thereof and two grooves 43, 56 are respectively defined in two insides of the first and second receiving portions 41, 51, so that the ridges 13 are engaged with the grooves 43, 56. In addition, each of the first receiving portion 41 and the second receiving portion 51 has a flange 411, 511 so as to clamp the air refresher 1 therebetween. A plurality of first holes 42 a is defined through the base 4 and the path “A” is extended to a position where the first holes 42 a are defined. A plurality of second holes 55 is defined through the cover 5 and located corresponding to the first holes 42 a. The base 4 further includes a plurality of third holes 42 b that are located on two sides of the path “A”.
The sliding mechanism 2 comprises a gear 21 and a sleeve 22 that has teeth 221 matched with the gear 21. The air refresher 1 includes a core 11 for sucking the fragrance in the air refresher 1 and the core 11 is inserted in the sleeve 22. The sleeve 22 and the core 11 are moved by rotating the gear 21 in a direction 21 a as shown in
A first clamping plate 3 has a rack portion 30 on a side thereof and is inserted in a side of the device. A chamber 31 is defined in an underside thereof and the cover 5 has a stop wall 33. A spring 7 has an end received in the chamber 31 and the other end of the spring 7 contacts against the stop wall 33. The spring 7 provides a force to push the first clamping plate 3 outward. A second clamping plate 52 is connected to a side of the cover 5 and located in opposite to the first clamping plate 3. The cover 5 includes a block 54 and the first clamping plate 3 includes a slot 32 in which the block 54 is slidably engaged, so that the first clamping plate 3 will not drop from the device. A cellular phone “M” can be clamped between the first clamping plate 3 and the second clamping plate 52, and the cellular phone “M” are supported on the support member 57.
A board 60 is located in the device and a pawl member 61 is integrally connected to a board 60 that has a protrusion 64 to which a center of the gear 21 is connected. The pawl member 61 is disengageably engaged with the rack portion 30 so as to hold the first clamping plate 3 in position. The board 60 includes a plurality of guide rails 63 and the sleeve 22 has a plurality of rails 222 which are movably engaged along the guide rails 63 so as to guide the movement of the sleeve 22. A pushing rod 62 is pivotably connected to the board 60 and includes an end contacting the pawl member 61 so that the pawl member 61 is removed from the rack portion 30 by pivoting the pushing rod 62 in direction 62 a as shown in
While we have shown and described the embodiment in accordance with the present invention, it should be clear to those skilled in the art that further embodiments may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention.
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|U.S. Classification||261/30, 261/DIG.88, 74/29|
|International Classification||A61L9/12, B60R11/02, B60H3/00, B01F3/04|
|Cooperative Classification||B60H2003/0042, Y10T74/18088, Y10S261/88, B60R11/0241, B60H3/0007, A61L9/127|
|European Classification||B60R11/02G, B60H3/00B, A61L9/12W|
|Mar 2, 2009||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Aug 23, 2009||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Oct 13, 2009||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20090823